Who we are
A laboratory to discover, innovate and grow up
Verona FabLab was born in 2014 from a strong desire to create a place where people could give birth to innovative ideas thanks to avantguard machines like 3D printers, CNC mills and laser- cutter, and to share knowledge among a “Fabbers’ Network” that grew bigger in the years. Since 2015 already, a second location in the downtown was opened and we’ve evolved from a place of innovation to a place of meeting, aggregation and development.
Verona FabLab is a social enterprise but it was born as a private, no profit cultural association, founded in 2014 and recognized by Veneto Region. It is part of a global FabLab Network whose aim is to democratize the access to the tools for technical invention. This community is simultaneously a manufacturing network, a distributed technical education campus, and a research laboratory working to digitize fabrication, inventing the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication. Verona FabLab’s mission is to create a local laboratory where citizens can find knowledge, instruments and spaces to learn, experiment and share competences, creating social value that has a positive impact on the territory.
Verona FabLab’s strength relies on its capacity of providing formal and non-formal education, and bringing youth and adults closer to technology with the scope to make them “conscious producers” and not “passive consumers”. To do so, the association commits to train teachers, trainers and educators and is a promoter of different activities that involve schools, museums, cooperatives. Verona FabLab promotes digital literacy and the development of computational thinking through the acquisition of: digital skills (programming, prototyping), cognitive skills (problem solving, critical thinking) and transversal competences (creativity and team working).